Today we had a free day... Geckos love their free time! It was quite welcome as I was feeling pretty vile so had a long lie. After a nice long sleep we ventured out of bed and had a shower etc before we had a knock on the door from Blair and Glen... They were bored and wanted to play cards or something. We finished packing and decided to head out for a wee jaunt before we were due to meet the others at 3pm.
We headed down the Main Street and looked at the shops... Blair wanted to buy some souvenirs and we wanted a magnet. After a while we found a nice large pond with the mountains behind... We took some pics and then headed to Macy's Ds for lunch as Steven was pretty hungry by now and this Maccers had the best view ever. We had a bite and warmed up a little then headed back out and Blair bought some earrings and we bought a magnet.
I was feeling pretty rubbish and my chest hurt so when the suggestion of a warm cup of tea was made I happily jumped at the chance. We found a quant little place with wooden furniture and big soft cushions and headed in. We were all trying to use up the last of our Chinese money so ordered a pot of tea and sat in the relative warmth of the cafe. We sat for ages chatting and using the free wifi and they must have taken the hint that we were skint as they kept topping our pot up for free... We had ordered a lemongrass tea and it came in a beautiful glass teapot that was kept warm on tea lights.
After we had sat and thawed out for an hour or so we headed back to meet the others in the lobby of the hotel. We then set off for the drive back to Guilin for the night train towards Hong Kong. The journey was uneventful and felt long... Mainly due to me trying to repress my coughing and sniffily nose. We arrived at the train station and had an hour wait for the train so settled down and played crazy eights... We were getting into the swing of it and watching random Chinese music videos when the time came to board the train. We were in the same compartment as Blair and Glen and the other guys were spread out elsewhere. We waited for ages to finally be allowed through the gate and then waited ages to board the train as half the doors were not open... Was the most chaotic train boarding yet.
Once we finally boarded the train we sat down and chilled out before the train departed then we munched our noodles and drank a coffee from our enamel cups. We then settled down into bed for a good sleep... We were due in Guangzhou at about seven am.